National Epidemic: Prescription Drug Abuse

January 2, 2013 0

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. While there has been a marked decrease in the use of some illegal drugs like cocaine, data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show that nearly one-third of people aged 12 and over who used drugs for the first time in 2009 began by using a prescription drug non-medically.Some individuals who misuse prescription drugs, particularly teens, believe […]

Q&A: Poly-substance Misuse Treatment with Dr. Melinda Campopiano

December 20, 2012 0

This is a reprint of a great question and answer on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) its more geared for doctors but it does illustrate the issues around prescription drug abuse SAMHSA Medical Officer Melinda Campopiano addresses concerns about provider care and prescription drugs raised by a recent TEDS Report  on benzodiazepene and narcotic pain reliever treatment admissions.What needs to be considered by providers when they’re prescribing drugs that can lead […]

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

December 12, 2012 0

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month – a time to focus our efforts toward recognizing the risks and reducing the prevalence of drugged driving. The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is proud to join Administrator David Strickland and the staff of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in observing National Impaired Driving Prevention Month and working to stop drugged driving all year long. Drugged driving presents a deadly risk to everyone […]

Federal Guidelines for the Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs

December 5, 2012 0

Do not flush prescription drugs down the toilet or drain unless the label or accompanying patient information specifically instructs you to do so. For information on drugs that should be flushed visit the www.fda.gov. To dispose of prescription drugs not labeled to be flushed, take advantage of community drug take-back programs or other programs, such as household hazardous waste collection events, that collect drugs at a central location for proper disposal. Call your city or […]

Lake County Task Force fighting teen drinking gets grant

October 9, 2012 0

A task force formed in 2006 to address the prevention of underage drinking will receive a $125,000 grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The Lake County Underage Prevention Task Force is comprised of community leaders, young people, parents, teachers, religious organizations, business professionals, and law enforcement. The task force applied for the grant last year after data showed youth alcohol and prescription drug use to be a growing trend nationally, and emerging […]

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